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2,299 Carnival New Orleans Cruise Reviews

Boarding the ship took forever, the food on board was mediocre, the Serenity area and all the other hot tubs would be shut down early right as we would start enjoying them (Serenity hot tubs should be open all night), The virtual reality ... Read More
Boarding the ship took forever, the food on board was mediocre, the Serenity area and all the other hot tubs would be shut down early right as we would start enjoying them (Serenity hot tubs should be open all night), The virtual reality arcade machine stole my money, Arcade games should be included with the cruise, too many "private" events, the wifi didn't work in our room and was extremely slow, music in the clubs was dated and lame, silent disco music was childish and included no actual disco, house music, dubstep, or anything fun, crew members would shut down all the clubs early so they could have their own private parties with better, louder music and when me and my friend entered the party unknowingly we were kicked out and called profane names which is extremely disrespectful and rude considering the amount of money we spent on this trip, excursion left late leaving us less time to enjoy Honduras, stops in each country were too short and made me feel anxious and rushed Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
This was a "girlfriend's" cruise for my wife. She turned platinum on this cruise. These are her comments. Glory looked and felt old and run-down. Food was not up to previous Carnival standards. General cleaning ... Read More
This was a "girlfriend's" cruise for my wife. She turned platinum on this cruise. These are her comments. Glory looked and felt old and run-down. Food was not up to previous Carnival standards. General cleaning was poor. Saw leftover coffee cups in the same spot for 2 days by the elevators. Elevator buttons were dirty the entire trip. I used my elbow to press them. Ship's windows were dirty and salt crusted. Louder shows do not make them better. I am a Carnival shareholder, and generally love the product. Although this cruise was very disappointing on many levels, we will enjoy more cruises with Carnival again. The crew all seemed ready to please at every turn. The ship's condition and cleanliness, especially in this time of coronavirus, was disappointing. We have taken one other cruise out of New Orleans. I must say that the disembarkation was much faster and easier than the last time (2010?). Read Less
Sail Date March 2020
Carnival crew members are always polite and almost always happy and friendly. That’s a big plus, of course. The food wasn’t as good on this cruise, IMO. My husband used to really enjoy the filet and lobster on the elegant nights, ... Read More
Carnival crew members are always polite and almost always happy and friendly. That’s a big plus, of course. The food wasn’t as good on this cruise, IMO. My husband used to really enjoy the filet and lobster on the elegant nights, but they have moved those two entrees to separate nights now. We ate in the main dining room every night, but the only thing I had that was really good was the crab cake, the steak tacos, and the Carnival Melting Cake (on one of the 6 nights I ordered it. The other 5 times it was either 3/4s liquid, or too hard, because I asked for it to be cooked a little more.) The filet and the flat iron steak were not bad, but not great. In fact, that’s what I’d say for pretty much all the food. One night, the table of friends that was seated beside us and at the same time as us, got their desserts before we got our entrees. Then they were finished completely 45 minutes before us. I don’t know what that was about. The rest of the nights we had decent service. I checked out the buffets on the lido deck a few times and never saw anything there that was something I was interested in. I ate lunch at Guy’s Burgers and the Blue Iguana Cantina. The fries at Guy’s were very good. It seems like both on the lido deck and in the main restaurants, they try to make gourmet food or food specific to certain areas of the country, and then it doesn’t come out like it would in a gourmet restaurant or in the area of the country that created it. I think they would do better building most of their menu around American classics loved by everyone everywhere. The lady at the shore excursion desk was very helpful and accommodating as we booked a last minute scuba excursion that required some extra work on her part in order to make it possible. Kudos! Boarding and disembarkation went smoothly, including at ports and tendering. Elevators were all functioning throughout the cruise, a/c in cabin was good, lots and lots of choices for entertainment. Oh, one piece of advice, the days of arriving in port, walking off the ship into town and hailing a local taxi to take you to your desired activity are pretty much gone. Carnival has been working very hard for the last several years to ensure you book your shore excursions through them, and they have pretty much succeeded. It is more and more difficult to “escape” all the people stationed in various locations further and further from the ship who are ready to talk you into booking and excursion with them which you pay for with your sail and sign card. Also, if you do manage to get a local taxi directly to your desired location, you are likely to find that you can not participate because all tours are already full and booked through the cruise ship. In many areas Carnival or a conglomeration of cruise lines has actually bought out the attraction. And it now seems to actually be true that you can get the lowest price by booking through the ship. The cruise lines negotiate deals with the local business where they pay much less per individual, because they can promise such a large number of participants. It’s kinda like what happens with Groupon. So, unless you just want a ride to the closest beach or shopping area, you’re best best probably is to book through the cruise line. A possible exception would be if the attraction you are interested in has their own website where you can book before the cruise; you may be able to work out a better or more personalized deal that way, but make sure they will refund your money if the ship isn’t able to dock there for one reason or another. We scuba dived in Grand Cayman (2 tank dive Kittiwake and Oro Verde) and zip lines (Chukka) both were awesome! In Cozumel we generally prefer Chaakanab beach - the snorkeling there right off the shore is excellent, but this time the weather was rough and even a little chilly (for swimming),, so we just went to Paradise beach and hung out in the hammocks. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We had a great time on our cruise. The staff was great, the accomodations were nice. They even brought us a fan because we felt our room was on the warm side. Our room steward and dining staff were great and friendly. The comedy was pretty ... Read More
We had a great time on our cruise. The staff was great, the accomodations were nice. They even brought us a fan because we felt our room was on the warm side. Our room steward and dining staff were great and friendly. The comedy was pretty good and the shows nice. Our Cruise Director, Lee was incredible and full of energy. He really went out of his way to make sure that everyone was having an amazing time. The steakhouse was amazing. The steak was cooked to perfection and all of the sides were delicious. The cheesecake for dessert was so yummy! My only complaint was that that the Spa workers seemed a little bit on the snooty side. It made me a little uncomfortable when I was getting my overpriced pedicure.The pedicure was $75.00 but I had a gift card from my room steward for $50.00 to use in the spa, so I only had to pay $25.00. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
What a piece of junk! Needs refurbished, or at least fixed. I never thought it possible for a cruise ships food to be so terrible. The biscuits resembled hardtack not actual biscuits. The crew is either complete novices, or imbeciles. ... Read More
What a piece of junk! Needs refurbished, or at least fixed. I never thought it possible for a cruise ships food to be so terrible. The biscuits resembled hardtack not actual biscuits. The crew is either complete novices, or imbeciles. Dining service was cold and had no feeling. Food was terrible. The breakfast buffet was yesterday's leftovers, and the breakfast brunch in Washington dining room was even worse if possible. Tried an egg benedict and it was a soft boiled egg still mostly in the shell on a piece of ham smothered in a yellow gravy that only resembled hollandaise. The cabin was nice. Had a deck 1 porthole. However, some exhaust fan on the crew deck had a broken blade or something that banged against the hull of the ship all night making it nearly impossible to sleep. Overall the service was not up to a typical cruise standard. Perhaps the saddest thing is that Carnival used to have a reputation of being a fun ship. Now it is a sad ship. Entertainment was non existent. Everything in the Ivanhow theater was about shopping excursions, or sales on the ship. How can you take a game such as beer pong and make it so boring that everyone leaves? Sad. Drinks are just water. Food is cold and inedible. Service is non existent. Ports of call, Cozumel is fine. Progresso is a crap town. Took over 1 1/2 hours on a bus to get to merida Centro and stll not much to see. Carnival nickels and dimes every single thing and the cruise director kevin/devin/gavin whatever his name was only cared about selling more crap onboard. Stay away from this ship if you value your money at all Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Our cousins invited us to join them for their 1st cruise and i’m so glad they did because it was once in a lifetime experience. Our cabin was so clean and we enjoyed the balcony at room 1063. Thank you to Heri for keeping our room ... Read More
Our cousins invited us to join them for their 1st cruise and i’m so glad they did because it was once in a lifetime experience. Our cabin was so clean and we enjoyed the balcony at room 1063. Thank you to Heri for keeping our room clean and tidy. The food overall were great. We liked the burgers, sushi and the buffet. So many varieties to choose from. Always taste good and fresh. And most of all our dinner at Washington dining was awesome, delicious food. We set at table 309. The servers were excellent. Always asked us how’s the food and if we need something. Even when we just see them in the hallway, approaching us and asked if we already had breakfast or if we need something. We felt so welcome. I felt so bad for not getting their names and tried to post pictures of them but for some reason it won’t post. Hope they get the credits that they deserved for doing an axcellent job. We had a great time and before arriving home we already planned our next cruise with carnival. Overall rating was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Travelled from England with 4 friends to Memphis, took the Amtrack train to New Orleans and after a 3 night break boarded the Carnival Valor for 5 night cruise. If you want a fun, casual and informal cruise would recommend. Was a bit ... Read More
Travelled from England with 4 friends to Memphis, took the Amtrack train to New Orleans and after a 3 night break boarded the Carnival Valor for 5 night cruise. If you want a fun, casual and informal cruise would recommend. Was a bit apprehensive when we first boarded and made our way to the Lido and buffet, it was so busy but once we were in our cabins and got settled into sealife we had a great time. The entertainment on board was excellent - the T & T Duo and the Blues Band with Lucca and the 2 shows in the Theatre, so proffessional. Karaoke was fun, went to the Art Auction and we went to the Bingo on the 2 days at sea. Was a bit worried about Keviiiiin (!), entertainment manager, when we first heard him over the tannoy but he warmed on us and when we finally met him at the Captains Question time he was our best buddy!!! We didn't use any of the ships excursions but when we got to Cozamel we walked off the ship, went to the taxi rank where there were many small tour vans offering trips around the island. We paid $150 for a 4 hour trip for 5 of us - first we went to the Tequila factory where we sampled many tequila's which were free - then on to the Mayan ruins. You had to pay to enter and if you wanted a guide this was extra but not expensive. Then we continued on our journery to the south of the island where we visited 2 lovely beach bars, the views were stunning. Our driver took us to the Coconut Beach Bar which was very different to what we were expecting but a lot of fun. Our driver was excellent. There were about 6 cruise ships in port on the day but we would not have known. Had a great time. Next day we were in Progreso - did not know what to expect. Just walk through the duty free shops and catch the free shuttle from the port to the town. It drops you off at the bus station. The free shuttle service were selling trips and we took a 45min tour around the town in a fun open sided musical bus.$9. Friendly tour guide who was so much fun and so enthusiastic. When we got back to the bus station we followed the signs for the Beach. What an amazing beach with pelicans flying along the waters edge. We spent the rest of the afternoon at a beach bar drinking Sol! These 2 mexican ports exceeded our expectations. You dont need to book the ships expensive excursions and we felt very safe. We never went to the main restaurants but prefered the more informal buffet, When we finally arrived back in port we booked the Airport Shuttle and this was very well organised and was very easy to exit ship. Had a great time and dont be put off by any negative reviews. Just people watch, go with the flow and enjoy and you will have a lot of fun. The americans were friendly, fun and made us very welcome. Only negative we had to wait sometimes for drinks at the bar - too many people drinking cocktails and at times not enough staff. Its our second Carnival Mini Cruise and would highly recommend. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
The 14 day journey cruise on the Glory was overall memorable. Embarkation was great as soon as we got to the port and went thru security we were on the ship. We had some great stops, Montego Bay Jamaica, Aruba, Cartagena Columbia, Puerto ... Read More
The 14 day journey cruise on the Glory was overall memorable. Embarkation was great as soon as we got to the port and went thru security we were on the ship. We had some great stops, Montego Bay Jamaica, Aruba, Cartagena Columbia, Puerto Limon Costa Rica, the Panama canal and cozumel. the crew was great. Depending on where your room was on the ship there was a constant movement of the ship. I think the stabilizers are not working properly. Interior spaces were in good condition. The elevators were fast and smooth. The exterior needs some painting but you see the crew working on that. Food was on pair with carnival ships. Entertainment was good. There was plenty of activities to take part in.The cruise director " Lee " was informative but I don't think he will not be on the ship much longer. He's going to one of carnival's newest ship soon. Carnival's excursions are expensive.. independent operators are just as good for less money. Disembarking at the end of the cruise was a disaster because there were so many diamond and platinum members and a large number were getting off at the same time. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Wanted to see the Panama Canal Cruise was good. Had a few hiccups with getting off the ship. We arrived late in one port , and rather than let passengers off by excursion time, they let everybody off at once. People got on the busses ... Read More
Wanted to see the Panama Canal Cruise was good. Had a few hiccups with getting off the ship. We arrived late in one port , and rather than let passengers off by excursion time, they let everybody off at once. People got on the busses for the incorrect excursion time and had to be asked to get off so the correct people could get on. Could have been avoided with a little planning. Food was ok. Nothing special with the exception of a few special nights. The Sushi ( which was extra, but good pricing) was excellent. This was a Journeys Cruise. Staff mentioned several times that the cruisers were “older” - music was very loud! When we got to the canal, they had a step on guide that was very good explaining about the canal. We were on the Ludo deck watching. It took almost 30 minutes to find someone to turn the music off so we could hear the guide. Staff kept saying they didn’t know how to turn it down and folks were getting angry since this is what we came for! Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
My wife and I had been on this ship in September and it was one of our best cruises. We booked a balcony cabin on deck 10. Some are concerned about the noise from the LIdo deck when you book in this location, but we didn't find it ... Read More
My wife and I had been on this ship in September and it was one of our best cruises. We booked a balcony cabin on deck 10. Some are concerned about the noise from the LIdo deck when you book in this location, but we didn't find it to be a problem on this cruise or the last (on the same deck). Last cruise on the Valor in September, we never made it to the main dining room, but we made a point of going this time and we were very satisfied. The food was great and the service on the spot. We did get a free steak house selection as a thank you and we opted for the surf and turf (we actually paid for this through my wife's "donations" in the casino). The buffet was standard Carnival, nothing to write home about, but good. The fried chicken was the only negative but far outweighed by the Bar-B-Que. Our overall experience was excellent the first cruise on this vessel and got even better this time.. We specifically boarded this ship hoping the musical entertainment still included the band "Deep Blue Soul", and we were not disappointed. Lucca and Kiara, along with the band, remains the best entertainment I have ever seen on a Carnival ship. Not only did the band entertain every night in the Red Frog Pub, but they provided the musical support for the show in the big theater as well. Unfortunately, they are leaving the ship at the end of February and going their separate ways. Once again, this band made our trip what it was. The ship has some age, so if you are looking for defects, you will find them, but overall, the ship is clean throughout. The staff met our expectations. Courteous and responsive to our needs. Smiles seem to be the norm and somehow they remember our names. We had several members of the crew, admittedly bar staff and band members, who remembered us from the last cruise. We hope that was a good thing. We did not participate in shore excursions past shopping on our own. The ship is the destination for us any time we cruise. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
My first cruise! Everything went well except for an excursion ( Isla Rotan) that was not clearly explained. I thought that snorkeling would be supervised and found out the hard way that it was not. Nor was it explained in the description. ... Read More
My first cruise! Everything went well except for an excursion ( Isla Rotan) that was not clearly explained. I thought that snorkeling would be supervised and found out the hard way that it was not. Nor was it explained in the description. I learned so much that I can rely on my travel clients. The entire staff was so nice and accommodating. it was my girlfriends' first cruise as well. We really enjoyed the experience and plan to go again.l plan to recommend this cruise to my travel clients as well. The food did not disappoint even though there were not any vegan/vegetarian choices. I will just have to cleanse when I return home. Any maintenance problems were addressed immediately. It was the perfect size ship for a first cruise, at least for me, Ports were very nice and kept up well. Approximately 1200 passengers, so it was not congested. I will go on another cruise with Carnival. Our room was just off the elevator, so we could hear all the noise. I would opt for a room away from the elevator on my next trip. embarkation and disembarkation went well and was smooth. to sum it up, read and ask questions about your excursions and what you are allowed to bring on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
My husband and I just went on our honeymoon to Mexico on the Carnival Valor. The service provided by the crew was absolutely amazing but there are things to know about the cruise itself before deciding to go. My biggest problem was all the ... Read More
My husband and I just went on our honeymoon to Mexico on the Carnival Valor. The service provided by the crew was absolutely amazing but there are things to know about the cruise itself before deciding to go. My biggest problem was all the hidden fees. Before we even got on the ship they took a $100 deposit out of our account and then after the cruise is over you have to pay for expensive gratuities and port taxes and they WILL NOT let you off the ship until you’ve paid them. Also PLEASE don’t go unless you have money in your wallet. The first stop at Cozumel you can’t go to ANY beach without walking for hours unless you get a taxi or rent a scooter. I would HIGHLY recommend shore excursions that way you have a sure way to get where you want/need to go. The ship itself did not have much to do (aside from drink alcohol). Its definitely a good place to go if you like alcohol. They have plenty of it. I will say that room service was AMAZING as were most ALL of the crew members. They are all kind and accommodating and want you to have a good time. The actual restaurants on the ship have really good food but the buffets are not very good at all (especially dessert). We wish we would have stayed in an Airbnb or resort instead. Like I said it’s a good place if you’re older or you drink alcohol. Also I would recommend going to a less touristy part of Mexico. Even while we were on the beach, people were pressuring us and yelling at us to buy things or get massaged. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
The food was terrible in both the dining room and Lido buffet/cafeteria. The menu's were virtually the same. It felt like I was eating at the Golden Corral or Hometown buffet. I couldn't wait to get off and eat airport food. We ... Read More
The food was terrible in both the dining room and Lido buffet/cafeteria. The menu's were virtually the same. It felt like I was eating at the Golden Corral or Hometown buffet. I couldn't wait to get off and eat airport food. We gave up on the dining room because no matter how many times we asked (and this happened to others) we couldn't get things we asked for like butter. I finally gave up trying entrees and just ate salad. Even the grill was bad. So if you are expecting to get great food for the money, you won't. I'd rather they charge a little more and serve better food. I may be the first person ever to go on a cruise and come back without gaining a pound. There was not much to do on the ship either, if you don't stay up late and party in the not so great bars. There was only one show, a comedian. Everything else was apparently trivia games at different locations. Although, that was never clear on the daily schedule. I didn't get that until the last day. So if you are like me, a little older and not a night owl for whatever reason and you don't like sitting out by the pool it's pretty boring if you don't bring your own entertainment. (I suggested they set up a game room. Like board games). The shopping was non existent accept for a so called jewelry store that looked like a JC Penney jewelry counter. That was disappointing too plus that deck smelled like cigarettes because that's where the casino was. I know everything is casual now but I called the cruise the Walmart cruise because everyone looked like it was Sat. and they were going to Walmart not on a cruise. So don't bother getting new clothes or thinking about packing cute things. You won't need them trust me. In fact the last 2 days I didn't even bother with all my makeup. About the 2 excursion to Mayan Ruins. They were efficient but a lot of walking if you are walking challenged and virtually no time for shopping. I had wanted to look for nice silver jewelry but came home empty handed. There was no time on those excursions and most of the jewelry was not stylish Taxco silver anyway. If I had to do a trip to the Yucatan over again I think I'd just go to a resort. I ran into some people that had just come from a Royal Caribbean cruise and they felt the same way about the food and activities on their ship too. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Embarkation/debarkation. No complaints. New Orleans has this down pat. Carnival should take what NOLA does and clone it for all their other ports. Ship. Before I go further, I must make it clear I am a fan of the older, smaller fantasy ... Read More
Embarkation/debarkation. No complaints. New Orleans has this down pat. Carnival should take what NOLA does and clone it for all their other ports. Ship. Before I go further, I must make it clear I am a fan of the older, smaller fantasy class Carnival ships, the Elation in particular.The Valor. My first time aboard her. She is a pretty ship. Decor is less 70's Vegas than the fantasy class, which is a plus. One annoying thing is the same thing as the Dream and her sisters. If you're on Deck 3 and want to go anywhere else on deck 3, you have to go up over and then back down due to the way the galley and dining rooms are placed. Deck space and pool space are excellent! It's also nice that the Dream Bar has extra seating for entertainment. ALL of the elevators worked EVERYDAY! Whoever thought of putting the Sushi Bar and Deli in the middle walkway of the buffet should be fired. Always congested there. Not happy about not having an outdoor beverage center between Guy's and The Cantina. Had to go into the buffet to get coffee or juice. Cabin. Balcony on Lido deck. Typical Carnival cabin. Comfortable and clean. Samosir, our steward was excellent. I wish Carnival would understand how hard these folks work and instead of adding cabins to take care of, cut back a bit. Food. OK, here, the Valor outshined (outshown?) every other Carnival ship I've cruised on. From the MDR to the buffet to the "fast food" places. Most everything was delicious, presented well, and served with excellence. First night out in the MDR I ordered the brisket, and it was the most tender, delicious absolutely satisfying piece of brisket I've ever had. IF I had to pick at anything, it's the length of time to get a cup of coffee in the MDR. I joked they had to go to Columbia to get the beans. My other issue... Scarlett's Steak House. I had dinner in the steak house on the Dream and the french onion soup was like dishwater. In Scarlett's, it was so overpowering, it was like biting into a beef bullion cube. But that was the ONLY issue there. The lobster and beef were perfection. And the service was beyond compare. Entertainment. If you ever get the chance to see Cazenda. Do it. Amazing group. This trip I didn't do any of the shows or comedy club acts, but I heard they were good. Service. Look, these folks work hard. From the deck cleaners to the wait staff to the stewards, they all do their best to ensure we have a memorable and pleasant vacation. They do their work with pride, and a smile. But... the Valor like the Dream suffers from too many passengers and not enough deck staff. It seems that the staffing numbers for the fantasy class ships are carried over to these bigger ships with 1000 more passengers, and it shows. It wasn't as bad as the Dream, but hunting down a cocktail isn't something someone should have to do on a ship. Watching your steward run themselves ragged trying to keep up with the cabins they have isn't either. No complaints at all about the service folks. This is all on Carnival's back... I get they have to make money, but they really need to rethink the service staff to passenger ratios on the bigger ships. Ports. Cozumel. It was Cozumel. Progresso. I didn't go ashore. Did a "port day" on board. Would I go again? Uhmmm, New Orleans and then Mexico? You bet! Laisse le bon temps rouler! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This cruise was booked to celebrate a wedding anniversary. We first cruised last year and we fell in love with cruising. We sailed out of New Orleans. We are from Louisiana so New Orleans was close. Previously we have sailed out of ... Read More
This cruise was booked to celebrate a wedding anniversary. We first cruised last year and we fell in love with cruising. We sailed out of New Orleans. We are from Louisiana so New Orleans was close. Previously we have sailed out of Galveston which we were not too fond of so we wanted to try something new. Overall I feel like it was a success. Embarkation was very seamless because we had faster to the fun. I highly recommend faster to the fun! We were arrived at the port at about 1030, And we were on the ship in our room at about 1115. We were told that the glory was a smaller ship but it is still a quite large ship. I believe for our sailing we had a little over 3000 guests with a little over 1000 crew. The lobby area and the our time dining area was congested for most of the cruise but everyone was so friendly we didn’t find it difficult. We spent the majority of our time in the casino which is part of our vacation fun. The casino staff were amazing, the dealers were the best that I’ve ever had the pleasure of interacting with. The waiters in the casino area could be very attentive or they could also be very invisible, it was hit or miss most of the cruise. Our cruise was a premier cruise,As was the last cruise that we took. But we did not find at the casino was overly crowded. The dining room food was very good for most of the nights. Breakfast or Sea day brunch was hit or miss. We had one waiter that we requested for two or three nights and he and his team were absolutely amazing. The buffet food was above average which was better than what our experience was on the Vista. We also ate at guys burger and obviously that was wonderful. We also dined in the steakhouse on the first evening. We did receive our complimentary bottle of wine which was lovely and we also received a special dessert because we were celebrating our anniversary. Those were the highlights of the dinner. It took Approximately three hours from beginning to the end of the meal with lots of time in between courses. Everything was moving so slow in the dinner service area for the steakhouse. The servers were nice but overworked and probably stressed out. They had a small bar that we sat at waiting for our table and the bartender there was nice but seemed frazzled. She also had negative views on the United States that she was freely sharing with us even though knowing that we were from the United States. It wasn’t the most pleasant conversation. On the third or fourth night we visited the alchemy bar. And we recognized the bartender from our previous cruise on the Vista. We received very good drinks and wonderful service. I would highly recommend the alchemy bar. Our cabin steward was thorough but very invisible. She was hardly around to ask for anything extra. We only saw one playlist production which was good. And then we attended the love and marriage show which was very funny. Our cruise director was cookie, and we were told he was an excellent cruise director. He was very funny but I believe he got sick during our cruise because there were a couple of days that his voice was noticeably absent. We did not go to the comedy shows or the piano bar but heard from several other cruisers that they were wonderful. All in all our cruise was a success. We so much enjoyed our vacation. And we were very grateful for the service we received on board would highly recommend sailing on the glory, It is an older ship but the staff are very friendly and attentive. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
This was a cruise offered to us after a convention in New Orleans. The ship is a great size, needs some TLC but nothing that will interfere with your fun times. Our 1st stop was Mahogany Bay, it rained the 1st part of the morning, ... Read More
This was a cruise offered to us after a convention in New Orleans. The ship is a great size, needs some TLC but nothing that will interfere with your fun times. Our 1st stop was Mahogany Bay, it rained the 1st part of the morning, Beach is very pretty and water is so clear, I was able to see a sea horse just by looking down into the water!! Our 2nd stop was Belize, we did the Tiger Caves zip lining and cave tubing, way cool. A good bit of walking FYI Lunch was included and it was chicken , beans and rice, cole slaw, very good, had cilantro in it, and a bottle water. Our ride over was very informative, so it went quick Our 3 rd stop was Cozumel, we just got off and shopped.. The food was good, nothing special. Tried the BBQ , very tasty, Also tried the Deli, great sandwiches, huge, so share lol. Also loved Guys burgers and the burrito bar. You won't go hungry and if you do, your own fault lol One negative, there is an adult pool, great for those without kids!!, but why can't you have the hairy man contest back there? instead of the center pool? It is an adult activity. It can get very vulgar and no, I'm not a prude, I just don't think some of the sexual dancing needs to be seen by small children. Getting on the ship was very smooth, walked right on, if you arrive in your time slot you just walk on basically, if you are not in your time slot, they will ask you to go to a different line. Getting off was easy, til we got to customs, then there was long lines. After customs, we needed an Uber, well the Uber pickup is in the same place as drop off for new arrivals, VERY congested. And it wasn't even 10, we had a late departure. Leaving on a positive note, go enjoy the Glory and leave your troubles at home. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Starting off on a positive note, it is evident the culture on this ship is focused around excellent service. Somewhere between 95-99% of the staff is incredible at their job. The cabin I stayed in seemed very reasonable, although the walls ... Read More
Starting off on a positive note, it is evident the culture on this ship is focused around excellent service. Somewhere between 95-99% of the staff is incredible at their job. The cabin I stayed in seemed very reasonable, although the walls in(I think) all the cabins are very thin and a nightmare for light sleepers. The majority of the food I ate ranged from good to great quality. There’s a lot of tasty meals and snacks to be had. The on board entertainment was also a big highlight, there is plenty to do. Now one of my big cons comes in the form of organization. The ship was to leave at 3:30pm. We left at 6:30pm. It seemed the embarkation and debarkation was a you-know-what show. The onshore excursions were very unorganized. Our time would got cut every time and things listed to be on the package, weren’t. I was let down on all three locations. I’ll give you an example, we went to the Dolphinaris excursion in Cozumel (unlimited food and drink dolphin encounter or something of that nature), the gentlemen told us from the jump on the Pier that our excursion wasn’t ready, we waited, we waited, we signed a form, we handed in our ticket, we waited, we walked, and right before we got on the taxis they started to give us back our tickets to sign? Why didn’t we do that immediately? We lost so much time. Even if carnival has no control over this, they shouldn’t be handing us over to these clowns. Additionally, half the activities on this excursion got axed for slightly rough water. No kind of reimbursement. Onto me getting trapped in an elevator with a woman having a panic attack. On the night after leaving Cozumel, we were hitting some rough waves and I got stuck in an elevator on the NINTH floor, Carolina in guest services didn’t seem to care and suggested it wasn’t a big deal because I was only having 90 feet above the ground level for thirty minutes. Big ups to Carolina. Now with all this said, thanks to my loved ones and the convenience of the onboard activities/food, I had fun. But the Glory needs to address some of these problems going forward. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We had a great time. I am always trying to maintain a healthy weight. The cruise ship had all the foods that I like eating. I certainly did not want to gain 10 pounds from all the delicious food that was served on the ship. The ship ... Read More
We had a great time. I am always trying to maintain a healthy weight. The cruise ship had all the foods that I like eating. I certainly did not want to gain 10 pounds from all the delicious food that was served on the ship. The ship served delicious seafood and salads. In the dining room, I was able to get lower calorie deserts. So, I did not gain a lot of weight. And, I had a great time. The beds were so comfortable. The coffee was great. The service was wonderful everywhere we went. The man that cleaned our room did a wonderful job at cleaning and servicing us with extra towels. I believe his name was YoYo. I wish I could find the card with his name on it. Our cabin was 7337. We sailed from 01/12/19 to 01/19/19. I just want to give him an extra thanks for the great service. We also had a lot of fun in all the ports the ship sailed to. I highly recommend Carnival if you are thinking on going on a cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
I choose this cruise for a mommy and daughter's birthday present. Embarkation was a BREEZE!! Once aboard, we immediately grabbed something to eat from Guy's burgers. Yes, it is soo good. As we walked around the ship, we found ... Read More
I choose this cruise for a mommy and daughter's birthday present. Embarkation was a BREEZE!! Once aboard, we immediately grabbed something to eat from Guy's burgers. Yes, it is soo good. As we walked around the ship, we found the layout was weird on certain floors. We could not get into our cabin until exactly 1:30 pm which was fine by me. Our cabin was nice, clean and dated, but you get what you pay for. The Munster drill was a complete joke. I could not hear nor see the lead person because we were literally staked on top of each other and it was hot. Not nice!! The buffet was OK, and the coffee sucked big time. The whole layout was odd. There's an adult pool in the middle of the lido deck right in front of the pizza pirate and folks are sitting and eating. The entertainment was decent. Kevinnnnn, the cruise director was so funny and witty. He was informative and caring. I loved Kevin!! We had bad weather one day and everyone was sick. It was not a good feeling. We accidentally found ourselves lost on deck 11 and the spa ladies pounced immediately on us. Talk about high-pressure sales tactics. $150 for a mani and Pedi, No thanks! The comedy shows were ok. I was not expecting it to be stellar but the lady comic's material was obscene!! The main dining rooms were top notch and the food was good...not great but good. The dining staff was kind and helpful. Disembarkation was a disaster!!! Carnival needs to find another way to disembark because what I witnessed this morning was complete chaos! Overall, this is a good ship for a first-timer. But after witnessing debarkation this morning, I don't think that I would sail on any Carnival cruises out of New Orleans again. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
The cruise ship was spotless and the people that work on that ship were all so nice. This was our first time going on a cruise and we loved it. It is like a whole small town on a ship. It was so amazing and relaxing.We had a wonderful ... Read More
The cruise ship was spotless and the people that work on that ship were all so nice. This was our first time going on a cruise and we loved it. It is like a whole small town on a ship. It was so amazing and relaxing.We had a wonderful time. Our housekeeper Alexander was wonder and kept our room clean and also Lady Bingo was great(we played bingo the whole weekend). Kevin the director was also a very nice and friendly person and answered any question that you had.The food was great(we ate at Guy’s every day) and the dining room food was wonderful. We went to the dining room Friday night at 8:15 and the waiters did a nice performance/dance that I really enjoyed. The embarkation and disembarkation ran smoothly for this to be our first time. We will pick this cruise ship every time we decide to go on a cruise. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
We chose the cruise to have a fun New Year's Eve and relax after the business of the holidays... We didn't expect a lot because we've cruised with Carnival before, but it was available and close to home. There was nothing ... Read More
We chose the cruise to have a fun New Year's Eve and relax after the business of the holidays... We didn't expect a lot because we've cruised with Carnival before, but it was available and close to home. There was nothing exceptional about the cruise. Our room only got cleaned in the morning (no night time turn down with chocolate on the pillow), no extra special touches at all. The food in the dining room was not good, one night the service was so bad that we left without dessert. We had to pay an extra $38 per person to eat at the steakhouse to get a good meal. No band at the pool, always a DJ playing techno music which is grating after awhile. At Cozumel we had booked a bike ride with another company and no one informed us of the time difference so we were late and had to take a different tour than we booked. We tried to just be grateful that we got to go on a cruise, but it was very pricey for what we got. Not recommended. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
We just returned from the New Years cruise aboard the Glory. I admit, I was nervous after reading all the negative reviews. Thankfully I didn't let that change our mind. I was blown away, we had a marvelous trip. Carnival ... Read More
We just returned from the New Years cruise aboard the Glory. I admit, I was nervous after reading all the negative reviews. Thankfully I didn't let that change our mind. I was blown away, we had a marvelous trip. Carnival staff were kind, attentive and made us feel so welcome. Room was fantastic, food was good, Guys Burger Joint was our favorite! We did not do the Bubbles package as it was a lot of money and we are not huge drinkers. Our dining room staff were so sweet and attentive. Cookie was a fantastic as the cruise director. He was hilarious and so entertaining. We enjoyed trivia and the comedy club as well. Embarkation/debarkation was a breeze! We were on in less than 15 minutes, and off in about the same. I would book again on the Glory in a heartbeat! Most relaxing trip I have ever had. I miss sitting on that balcony feeling the warm sun on my face and breeze in my hair. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Loved the food. The punchline comedy was a blast. Kevin the cruise director was alot of help. My wife surprised me with a couples swedish massage. I was embarrassed about getting on table naked but the ladies told me not to worry that ... Read More
Loved the food. The punchline comedy was a blast. Kevin the cruise director was alot of help. My wife surprised me with a couples swedish massage. I was embarrassed about getting on table naked but the ladies told me not to worry that they made sure I stayed covered. We plan on another cruise in June. We also enjoyed the barbecue. One night we ate sushi. We even ordered room service. My room was to close to elevators. Heard beeping all night. House keeper knew my name so I did my did to refer to him by his name. Some workers could barely speak English. Casino was really tight could not win a dime. I was glad to have faster to the fun. I lot of people did not no about it and were confused to how I was able to get to my room early. When trying to eat on first day it was hard to get a table. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This cruise was one of the most immeasurable ways to end my year! It was packed with many remarkable encounters with bar-tenders, people, strangers, & lots of entertaining activities thought my 4 days there. Many of those moments were ... Read More
This cruise was one of the most immeasurable ways to end my year! It was packed with many remarkable encounters with bar-tenders, people, strangers, & lots of entertaining activities thought my 4 days there. Many of those moments were trying to follow the list of activities in the morning while talking to bar-tenders and random strangers at night. I love how they have an app that allows me to look at the weather, follow activities throughout the day, and having the option to text my family members. The buffet was also amazing with the 24-hour ice cream machine. Overall my experience with this Cruise was very enjoyable and I loved each and every moment I was there. Although...that isn't the main reason why I am typing this review. The central reason why I am typing this review was because of the astonishing bar-tenders, everything else was quite nice and average; however, the bar-tenders went above and beyond despite anything extra. This was probably because I tend to just sit down at one of the bars and just ask for water. I am too young for anything else, fortunately. After I would just talk to the bar-tenders about their day and life problems, and I was surprised about the response I got from them. I highly enjoyed talking to many bar-tenders on my cruise just because of how friendly and kind they were. A lot of the bar-tenders are such kind-hearted, relateable, & sympathetic people. There were many bars that were extraordinary and thoughtful, however, I didn't go to all the bar-tenders at my cruise just because there were so many. Here is a list of the Bars I went to and why they were so Exquisite and Friendly: The "Academy Bar" was one of my favorites as their beverages we're so fancy, even if I only ordered water, other drinks we're extremely elegant also. The people working there deserves an increase in salary. I see they're incredibly hardworking with their timely fashion drinks. Another bar that was adequate was the "Red Frog Bar". This bar had 3 people that were so friendly and nice. These nice people gave me a great amount of courage about my career and future! I loved them so much and they talked about life with me. I got to know them very well! On the last day, these 3 people would talk to me about life and how I should always be positive in life because depression is a real struggle and it hard avoiding it especially when my life lack positivity sometimes. Their life was really difficult as well due to the fact that they weren't American and has many struggles with life in their country. I also learned that many of these bar-tenders, maybe other workers at the cruise, get a break after 6-8 months, which is really long time if you think about it. The last bar, I will mention, in this review was the absolute BEST BAR I really wish their managers can read this right now and give them A PROMOTION!!! THEY WERE THE BEST PEOPLE I EVER MEET ON THE CRUISE!!! I never meet such kind-hearted, funny, and honest people in my life. They were extremely relatable and generous. This bar was the main lobby bar or the "American Lobby" Bar where I would always meet 2 people working there. These names for which I share for the purpose of requesting promotion for these two people just for their hard-working everyday duties. There was a man named "Manny" and a woman named "Li", there was also another woman named "Uni" which I didn't get to talk to until the last day I was there. I would meet them every day at midnight, after 12, just to find them working at the bar cleaning the area for the next day. I would commonly talk to them, joke around, and talk about their life and my life also. For all the four days I was there, we meet every night except once. The last night, however, was the busiest night, I came to them as usual after 12 and they said they were pretty busy at the time and might they have to stay up until 3 am; which is what happened. I promise to stay up with them, which is what I did and I had so much fun talking to them and in the end, it was definitely worth it. They cleaned the entire bar spotless and the manager was satisfied at the end. Although at the end we departed, after we took some selfies and pictures, It was a night I never forget just because of the experience I had with them and the remarkably strong relationships with them. "Manny" and "Li" definitely should deserve a PROMOTION because of their extremely positive attitude, hard-working unique humorous jokes I've never seen anywhere else. Well, I guess that concludes my adventure, Thank you so much for having me on the cruise! it was an experience I will never get anywhere else! I would talk about all the other things like dining, entertainment, and Service, but I got a term paper due in a few hours and I really just wanted to write this review to explain the incredible bar-tenders Carnival Valor has. Everything else was just... nice and average, entertainment was great, most of the activities were 21 or older or 14 or younger, anyways but later I realized most of the activities that were all ages were in the "American Lobby" (Main Lobby). Service was surpassing also, and dining was wonderful. (I see most people come here to criticize cruise, but I am here for a more accurate and positive point of view) Thank you so much again and I really enjoyed everything! Thank you! Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
Food in the dining room was excellent as usual, but the buffet was not nearly as good as it usually is. Desserts on the buffet were tasteless and lacked variety. Cookies were hard as rocks. Breakfast at the buffet was delicious, but lunch ... Read More
Food in the dining room was excellent as usual, but the buffet was not nearly as good as it usually is. Desserts on the buffet were tasteless and lacked variety. Cookies were hard as rocks. Breakfast at the buffet was delicious, but lunch and dinner were awful. There were about 5 choices for each meal. Room stewards were friendly and the service was wonderful. They kept the room spotless. Wonderful team! The entertainment was not great. It mostly included loud dance parties and trivia. There was little variety. The one saving grace was Cee Jay Jones, one of the comedians. Very talented and professional! On embarkation day, we got into our room pretty quickly and got into the buffet right away for lunch. They told us we'd be leaving by midnight, but I was disappointed to wake up in port the next day. It was frustrating that the crew told us one thing yet didn't deliver. Disembarkation was unorganized and chaotic. Cruise director called the deck numbers way too quickly, not allowing time in between for the lines to shorten and elevators to clear. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
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